What’s behind this income divide? Simply put, lower-income workers have fewer options to stay home.
Workers with low wages were six times less likely to be able to work from home, research shows. Although people with lower incomes generally have a higher risk of contracting Covid-19, they also thought they were more likely to run out of money because of the pandemic.
One study showed that essential workers, who worked jobs like grocery store clerks and pharmacy and convenience store employees, were more likely to earn household incomes of less than $40,000 than other workers who could do their jobs from home.